In a heartbreaking update on his wife's battle with Stage IV cervical cancer, Rory Feek of country duo Joey + Rory revealed that Joey has said goodbye to their stepdaughters and that the family is doing its best to cherish every day.
Feek has kept fans apprised of his wife’s battle on his blog, This Life I Live.
In an Oct. 23 post titled “enough,” Feek wrote that doctors told them there was nothing more they could do for her after a series of surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
On Tuesday, he wrote touching post about Joey, 40, saying goodbye to their daughters, Heidi and Hopie.
"She told them how much she loved them, and how proud she is of them,'' he wrote. "And how proud she is to be their mother. And then she talked with them about the one thing that she didn’t think she would ever have to talk with them about: Leaving them."
The couple had been married 12 years when Joey, who is 40, was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2014. Feek had two daughters from a previous relationship that the couple raised together, and they also have a 1-year-old daughter, Indiana.
"I don’t think I’ve ever heard the girls tell anyone that Joey is their step-mom,'' he wrote. "But I have heard them tell people numerous times that she is their mother.
“They don’t actually call Joey ‘mom'...But if you look in their contacts on each of the girls’ phones, ‘Mom’ is how Joey’s number is listed."
When the couple chose not to pursue any further treatment at the end of last month, Feek wrote about them coming home, "not to die, but to live."
"So we don’t have forever,'' he wrote. "We’ve got right now. And that’s enough.
"To say my wife is broken-hearted is an understatement. And to tell you that we’re not scared would be a lie. This is the kind of thing that happens to somebody else, not us. But then I have to remember…we are somebody else to somebody else."
Despite the heart-wrenching scene of watching Joey say goodbye to their daughters, Feek ended with an uplifting note about the family gathering on the porch together, turning tears into songs and laughter.
"From the porch we all smiled because we knew in that instant, that no matter what happens, Joey will always be with us.''
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